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All Science on Tap events take place at 6pm the second Monday of the month at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, unless otherwise stated. Be sure to arrive early to get seats!


 

Monday June 11, 2018

The Art and Science of Diatoms

Diatoms

The country’s largest museum collection of diatoms is housed at the Academy of Natural Sciences, right here in Philadelphia! But what are diatoms? Why are they important, and why do we need a museum collection of these microscopic organisms? In this talk, Alison will give a brief overview of these “jewels of the sea”, including their unique anatomy and uses in aquatic ecology. We’ll also learn about some of our most important historical collections in the Academy’s Diatom Herbarium, including those that feature the Victorian-era art of arranged diatoms.

 

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About the Speaker:
Alison Minerovic is a Phycologist (no, not a typo) and the current Collection Manager of the Diatom Herbarium at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Alison is also a part-time PhD student, studying environmental science at Drexel University. When Alison is not looking at algae, she can be found rock climbing, foraging for edible wild plants, or camping with her partner and cattle dog.

 

June’s event is hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

 

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